I had what I thought was a pretty good life. I worked. My roommate and I had a house on three acres with two horses and a pony and I had a group of really good friends. Then one day my house caught fire and I lost everything. I had to sell my horses and to me that was worse than losing all of my stuff. A relative asked me to come live with him so my dog and I moved to Panama City.
I was born in northern Indiana. My Mother was severely mentally ill and my father was an alcoholic and drug addict. I was 14 years old when I found my Mother dead on the couch. After that I started drinking … Read More
We never cease to be amazed and humbled by God’s favor toward the Titus 2 substance abuse and life recovery ministry. We undertook a rather aggressive posture in assuring that women in our program who are working hard on their … Read More
“It was a very cold November night in Birmingham, Alabama. How and why I was there is not important in this particular story. Just know I was very alone, very scared, and very tired…”
I was reading an invitation to a training seminar in Tennessee that is coming up on “Attachment-Based Intervention.” I had read a couple of books by this Christian presenter on attachment. The language in the invitation was very clinical and sounds impressive. Knowing the psychological strategies for identifying attachment disorders and addressing them therapeutically through developing emotional literacy, interpersonal skill competency, setting and respecting boundaries, and the capacity for trust (directed toward the proper objects for one’s trust and to the proper degree!) is great and it is a valid approach to therapy for anxious, depressed, and suicidal individuals. The bottom line of it all is this: God is a relational God! When one’s self-awareness, identity, and attachment are grounded in a relationship with Christ and one is discipled/mentored into meaningful community participation with others who are grounded in Christ, supportive and interdependent relationships evolve and have the capacity to bring tremendous healing, emotional growth, and stability!